Turn your pizza into a Christmas wreath with the help of refrigerated crescent roll dough. Stuff with your favorite pizza toppings for a tasty and festive appetizer.
When it comes to making homemade pizza I’m all about homemade pizza dough, as made evident by the many different pizza dough recipes I have shared. It’s just too easy! In the time it takes my oven to preheat, the dough has risen. However, I have yet to try my hand at homemade crescent dough – now that intimidates me. So to make this festive pizza ring resembling a Christmas wreath I went ahead and bought 2 cans of refrigerated dough.
This Christmas wreath pizza ring would be a great idea for a holiday party. I brushed it with pesto to give it a green hue and cut the bottom of a bell pepper out to look like a red ribbon. Inside it’s stuffed with cheese, pizza sauce, and three meats: pepperoni, Italian sausage, and prosciutto. Place a bowl of pizza sauce in the middle and it’s ready for the table!
One year ago: Eggnog Snickerdoodle Blondies
Weeknight meals don’t have to be boring. Try this apple cider glazed chicken served with browned butter rice and toasted pecans. Ready in the time it takes to cook rice.
If you are a ZipList user, you should have received an e-mail notifying you that starting tomorrow they will no longer be supporting their recipe box and shopping list platform. If you haven’t already you can transfer your saved recipes to the Epicurious Recipe Box and save all your shopping lists and recipes to your computer. Visit http://www.ziplist.com/savemyziplist to save your shopping lists and recipes.
What does this mean for The Spiffy Cookie? As you may have noticed, I have stopped adding the ZipList button to my recipes. However, I have always included a “Print/PDF” button at the bottom of every recipe as an easy way to print or save as a PDF. I have a file folder on my computer with subfolders for various food categories as if it were a digital version of a recipe box on my desktop, but instead it is filled with recipe PDF files. There are also options at the bottom of each recipe to share via various social media. Pinterest is a useful tool for organizing a virtual recipe box as well and it’s accessible from anywhere.
Feel free to practice saving, printing, and/or sharing on the recipe I am sharing today. It’s an easy weeknight meal for chicken with an apple cider glaze and rice tossed with toasted pecans and browned butter.
One year ago: Homemade Whole Grain Pancake Mix
Three years ago: Breakfast Pizza
Need an easy chicken curry recipe in a hurry? Throw together this yellow chicken curry dish with potato, carrot, and onion for a quick weeknight meal.
Evidently, a year ago I had already busted out the eggnog in my baking. I can barely wrap my head around the fact that it is December already let alone bust out the eggnog. Did you know that this time last year I was only 10 days away from graduating with my PhD? I had already defended and passed my dissertation in September but awaited the ceremonial part. Maybe I should plan something special for my 1 year graduation anniversary… more of that later.
Let’s make curry. This recipe is fairly quick and easy, making it a good weeknight meal. Just don’t do what I did and completely forget to add the onions. While eating it I sat there pondering why it didn’t taste quite right, as if something was missing. Oh look there’s the onion I was supposed to chop up and cook in it. And you better believe I cooked up that onion and stirred it in. I have to admit however, that this was not my favorite curry recipe. It was pretty good but I think it would have been better if I had made it with coconut milk. The evaporated milk just didn’t have the depth of flavor I was looking for, so next time I will try coconut milk and have reflected this option in the ingredients.
One year ago: Eggnog Cheesecake Bars with Cranberry Swirl
Two years ago: Hot Cocoa Blossoms
Four years ago: Latkas
EASY CHICKEN CURRY
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1 lb. baby red skinned potatoes, quartered
2 carrots, peels and sliced
1 small white onion, sliced
1 Tbsp curry powder
1 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used whole milk Chobani)
1 (14 oz.) can evaporated milk (or coconut milk)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
2 cups cooked basmati or jasmine rice
Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish (optional)
- In a large skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil. Add chicken and cooked until no longer pink. Transfer chicken to a plate.
- To the same skillet, add about tablespoon of oil followed by the potatoes, carrots, and onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Add curry powder and cook for another minute, stirring constantly.
- Reduce heat to low. Stir in yogurt and milk and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes, or until starting to thicken. Stir in salt, pepper, and chicken. Serve over rice and garnish with cilantro, if using.
Source: Adapted from Semi-Homemade, September/October 2010.
Jazz up your Thanksgiving leftovers with this soup using leftover turkey, homemade stock, fresh ginger, wild rice, and basil. So good you’ll want to set aside turkey to make it.
You know you are a food blogger when: you are cooking leftover Thanksgiving recipes before Thanksgiving even occurs because you cooked your Thanksgiving turkey 2 weeks ago. Ah yes the constant dilemma of living up to a month ahead of the holidays. I sometimes feel like the retail stores, pushing Christmas before we’ve even started putting together Thanksgiving plans. But when it comes to recipes, what good is the recipe for the turkey made on Thanksgiving Day posted the day after Thanksgiving? Are your really going to remember to dig out that recipe next year? So the recipes for turkey and all the other usual suspects seen on Thanksgiving tables are posted a at least a week in advance providing time for you fine readers to prepare your own Thanksgiving meal, whether you are hosting or just bringing a side dish or dessert.
Of course one of the best things about Thanksgiving is the leftovers! And my favorite thing to do with leftovers year-round is to repurpose them into an entirely new meal. Last year I threw together a quick single serving turkey noodle soup using leftover veggies, turkey, and even gravy watered down and used as the broth. This year I waved my jazz hands around a bit and made a gingered turkey soup with wild rice, homemade stock, and basil sprinkled on top right before serving (adapted from a recipe I recently saved on Girl Carnivore). The ginger was such a fantastic addition to the flavors of this soup and quickly became my new favorite Thanksgiving leftovers recipe.
How do you like to use your Thanksgiving leftovers?
One year ago: Egg in a Hole Waffles
Set aside your sweet french toast and pile up on the savory for breakfast with this ham florentine stuffed french toast. Like a a grown-up ham and grilled cheese sandwich, but for breakfast!
Welcome to this month’s installment of The Secret Recipe Club. This time around I was assigned to Ros’s bog The More Than Occasional Baker! I somehow managed not to cook one of Ros’s desserts. I could happily get lost in all of her amazing flavor combinations with things such as Crystallized Ginger and Beer Cake, Marmalade Chocolate Croissant Pudding, and Pear Walnut Cake. Be sure to stop over and check out her blog!
Sometimes happy coincidences happen when you don’t fully read recipe instructions. Usually unhappy things, but sometimes good. For example, even though I read the title of this recipe on The More Than Occasional Baker and saw the word “baked” I most definitely whipped out the skillet and went to town before I could correct myself. Apparently I was so excited to try a savory stuffed french toast, drizzled in maple syrup, that I didn’t want to wait for it to bake! I am one of those people that loves sopping up the remnant syrup on my breakfast plate not with my pancake, but with my sausage or whatever other breakfast meat I’ve got going on, so the idea of syrup on this savory stuffed french toast pulled me right in and it did not disappoint. I do like the idea of baking it with some extra cheese on top though, cause when is that ever a bad thing?
And yes I drank wine with my french toast. Don’t hate, I developed a weakness for Gewurztraminer. So very unlike me loving a white, but I do enjoy my whites sweet, while my reds are dry.
One year ago: Thanksgiving Dinner for Two
Two years ago: Buckeye Cupcakes
Three years ago: Apple Blackberry Pie
The biggest Thanksgiving problem is always how much oven space and time the turkey hogs. Try this sptachcocked turkey that not only takes up less space but is done in 90 minutes!
Turkey, the Thanksgiving staple. However I actually did try to convince my parents into having smoked ham this year instead but that was meat with instant dismissal. Maybe for Easter. It is true though, all the potatoes, green beans, and stuffing seems better fit for turkey. So a turkey is what I cooked when I hosted Friendsgiving at my friends home, marking only the second time I have ever cooked a Thanksgiving meal and both times in someone else’s kitchen. Thankfully I brought along some trusty OXO tools to make this adventure less stressful than the last time, because cooking in someone else’s kitchen is never as easy as your own.
- Poultry Lifter – This is one heavy duty tool used to lift your turkey unscathed onto the serving platter.
- Twine Dispenser – Although I did not need twine for a spatchcocked turkey this is a really handy tool if you do truss your turkey or use twine in other baking/cooking adventures. Pork loin roulade anyone?
- Angled Baster with Cleaning Brush – Whether you are basting your turkey or sucking up the pan drippings everyone needs a good baster. It even has little feet for resting on the counter.
- 2 Cup Fat Separator – Easily removes fat from pan drippings, comes with it’s own stopper and strainer, had measurement markings, and is heat-resistant.
- Stainless Steel Butter Dish – Pass the butter! And don’t worry about butter fingers with this good grips butter dish.
Chili has never been easier, just throw everything in your slow cooker and let it do the rest. Try this vegetarian version with cauliflower and pumpkin.
Hi and welcome to day 2 of #PumpkinWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections. We are celebrating our love of the season with a whole week of pumpkin goodies, leading up to National Pumpkin Day. 17 Food Bloggers have come together to share over 65 recipes with you. In addition to homemade pumpkin puree, pie, and cookies, we are also sharing savory pumpkin dishes like hummus, chili and pumpkin corn chowder. Come back every day for #PumpkinWeek recipes. You can also find these great recipes and more on Love and Confections’ #PumpkinWeek Pinterest Board!
Check out all the #PumpkinWeek Bloggers and their recipes:
- Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes by Love and Confections
- How to: Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili by The Spiffy Cookie
- Pumpkin Ravioli with Tarragon by Curious Cuisiniere
- Pumpkin Spice Instant Hot Chocolate Mix by Lady Behind The Curtain
- Pumpkin Praline Pancakes by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Baked Pumpkin Donuts by Making Miracles
Recently my friends hosted a chili cook off and obviously I participated. Normally I stick to my dad’s tried and true chili (which has won competitions in the past) but I decided to do something completely different. I figured what better time to experiment than with a crowd of people to eat at least some of the potentially disastrous results?
I based this recipe off of my dad’s but with lots of substitutions including black beans, pumpkin puree, and cauliflower. When I first tasted it I felt like something was missing only to realize it was meat. So while it wasn’t a failure, as a meat-eater this chili was just okay. Seems kind of wrong to post a recipe that I’m not screaming is the best thing in the whole wide world but that’s life, not everyone likes the same things. If you are vegetarian it may be right up your alley and it is for you that I post this recipe. To me chili just isn’t the same without meat! The chili I voted for (and which won) was made with pulled pork – something I definitely need to try.
One year ago: Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream
Pumpkin and stuffed shells come together for the ultimate fall comfort food. Stuffed with sage pork, cooked in a pumpkin-tomato sauce, and topped with mozzarella and goat cheese.
Fall baking involves a lot of pumpkin but what about its savory side? Savory pumpkin recipes make for excellent comfort food and one of my favorite comfort foods is stuffed shells. I have made stuffed shells with a pumpkin cream sauce before but this time around I used a pumpkin tomato sauce and stuffed the shells with sage pork instead of a meatless ricotta mixture. Then the shells are sprinkled with some mozzarella and creamy goat cheese. Both recipes are good for different reasons so you should probably make them both.
One year ago: Birthday Explosion Mini Cheesecakes
Two years ago: Stovetop Cajun Chicken Mac and Cheese
This pizza may have a long name but it’s nothing to be afraid of and if you haven’t tried mascarpone on pizza before, you are seriously missing out!
Most of the people in my life are not huge bakers/cookers and to some, food blogging is an exquisite realm full of weird ingredients and crazy techniques. And stories. I had to laugh when one of my best friends expressed her dislike for scrolling down a post to get past the story and to the recipe, because it’s true. When people use Google to find a recipe they want the recipe, myself included. Yet here I sit not writing about this pizza with its long name and unusual ingredients like “mascarpone” and “caramelized onions” and I’m okay with that because I started this blog to chronicle my food adventures and to share those recipes to anyone who wants to try it for themselves. I cannot tell you how many of my parents’ friends have been directed to my blog for the recipe for “X”. People besides my friends and family reading beyond the recipe is just a bonus (heck even my friends and family reading is a bonus). So whether or not you read this, leave a comment, or skip over it all to the recipe I appreciate you being here :-).
P.S. After trying this recipe you’ll want to put mascarpone on every pizza you make from now on.
One year ago: Lattice Chicken and Sweet Potato Potpie
A little bit a prep goes a long way with these veggie tacos featuring roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, and a kale ceviche.
If you are even remotely familiar with dinnerware then you’ve heard of Corelle. Many of you probably own a set. I know my parents use Corelle dinnerware every day and they even bought me my first 4-piece set when I first went off to college (was that really over 10 years ago?) and they are still in perfect condition. But being a food blogger one set of plates is never enough so I jumped at the opportunity to get my hands on the new Corelle® Boutique™ Brushed pattern which is sold exclusively at select Kohl’s stores. The modern pattern comes in 9 colors which are easy to mix-and-match, of which I am a huge fan. And being Corelle that means they come with certain features:
- Break and chip resistant for carefree durability
- Made in the USA
- Dishwasher safe for long lasting patterns
- Microwave and oven safe for versatility
- Stackability for easy storage and cupboard space efficiencies
- Patterns won’t wash, wear or scratch off
- 3 year limited warranty
The first meal I graced upon the surface of these pieces was tacos. But not any old tacos, roasted sweet potato, black beans, and kale ceviche taocs! Due to its lengthy nature, upon first glance of the ingredient list you may be frightened off from attempting this recipe yourself but I promise it’s easier than it looks. For starters the ceviche requires no cooking, just toss and let marinade overnight. The following day, toss the sweet potatoes in seasoning and then roast in the oven for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the onions and beans which will be ready in time to assemble it all together. See wasn’t that easy? Lots of chopping for prep but minimal effort from then on and a happy belly as the reward.
One year ago: 90 Second English Muffin
Two years ago: Chocolate Peanut Butter 7-Layer Bars